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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (248,380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. R. R. Tolkien Narrator: An Ensemble Cast Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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Here is the original American full dramatization, as broadcast on National Public Radio.

War rages in the west, a titanic battle of will and strategy between the great wizard Gandalf and Sauron, the dark lord. Meanwhile, eastward in Mordor, Frodo and Sam approach the end of their improbable quest, bearing the One Ring ever closer to the Cracks of Doom, and to a final confrontation with the very essence of evil. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan | 2/14/2014

    " The best book I have ever read, easily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Lewis | 2/2/2014

    " These books are tough to read but well worth the trouble! They are full to the brim with action, adventure and their own history. Tolkien was a genius! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicka Ruscica | 1/26/2014

    " Except for the fact I was the entire time praying for Frodo's death, the book is epic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nacho Bassino | 1/23/2014

    " Gran gran libro, sin duda para recomendar "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/23/2014

    " I read all of these at least 4 time starting long before the movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adele | 1/18/2014

    " I love all three books included in The Lord of the Rings! Read them sooo many times! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene Stube | 1/5/2014

    " Nothing to add, a classic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 9/25/2013

    " The Film stayed very true to the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 9/25/2013

    " This series made me fall in love with fantasy, and helped me make many friends. Reading it in the school library at lunch is one of my favorite memories of 7th grade. This is absolutely one of the few series that deeply impacted my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Artemas | 9/12/2013

    " Finished up the Lord of the Rings! I enjoyed most of this book, well all but the 30 pages or so at the very end with the stuff about the Shire. It just didn't seem to fit and Tolkien's process of wrapping up every other loose end in the series was wearing on me by that point anyways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Drummond | 8/21/2013

    " I would recommend this for scifi lovers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Chan | 6/2/2013

    " This book is certainly one of the best finales I've ever read. The storyline was very well developed, and I was really absorbed while reading this book (compared to the Fellowship of the Ring, where I was falling asleep while reading). It's my type of storyline. I absolutely love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George190091 | 5/19/2013

    " Terrific new world. Created the template for what has become a much abused genre. Tolkien still stands heads and shoulders above the rest. I keep going back to this to re-read parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Spink | 11/27/2012

    " A rip roaring tale, worth the considerable effort if you can skim read some of the asides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adore Felines | 9/26/2012

    " One of the greatest books ever. I laughed and I cried reading this book! I have nothing more to say but LEGENDARY! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milan | 5/28/2012

    " The greatest fantasy epic of our time... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Creamer | 4/14/2012

    " Great finish to an amazing story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Bulgin | 3/11/2012

    " I just love these stories! They are long and not a simple read, but worth every page for descriptive narrative! True artist! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Meredith | 1/23/2012

    " Read this in middle school, then in high school, then twice more in high school.Tolkien was a genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 11/1/2011

    " My favorite of the series I was desperate to get to the end to find out the fate of middle earth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Logan | 10/3/2011

    " This whole series was bad-ass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 5/23/2011

    " Excellent fantasy series. Esoteric language, but if you're determined it's an amazing series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paraskevi | 5/22/2011

    " I've read this at least 3 times now. Brilliant work by Tolkien. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jóhanna María | 5/21/2011

    " It's a good Book, a great story and I can really tell that he wrote it as he told his children the story of Frodo and the fellow-ship :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 5/21/2011

    " I am not usually a huge fan of fantasy novels, but I had to make an exception for Tolkien. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 5/21/2011

    " Why hadn't I read this series earlier in my life? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 5/20/2011

    " no review will ever do Tolkiens books justice, simply read them and let yourself go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/20/2011

    " This wasn't exactly the edition that I have, but I'm assuming that the reading is all the same. This is the 2nd time I read the book & found new things each time. Now I want to rewatch the movie! Wonderful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gustavo | 5/20/2011

    " Changed my life. If every book I read could bring perspective like The Lord of the Rings, I`d be a smart smart lad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 5/18/2011

    " Read this twice and will probably do it again. Just a classic read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 5/17/2011

    " What can I say - one of my favourites of all time. An allegory of WWII with the nasty nazi's as Mordor and rural England as the innocent yet noble rural Englanders (pre-industrial) as the Hobbits. To design whole languages, interlocking stories and cultures. What an achievement.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sabah | 5/17/2011

    " Didn't like the book, so much so that I never finished it. Didn't like the movies either... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/16/2011

    " This one got me through High School without going insane, and I have re-read it probably 7 times including to my kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 5/14/2011

    " cool...lot of fantasy that u'd never dream or imaging before..will happy if those fantasy just happened in this world "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alberto | 5/11/2011

    " This has become the foundation of modern fantasy text. Very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 5/10/2011

    " Best books ever written!!! Will never be matched....only wish there were more of them! "

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About the Author

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specializing in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.